From left to right: Susan Gichuna, PhD student, University of Nairobi, Kenya; Tamara Kerzhner, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Wei Wei, Trancik Lab, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

 

Three innovative female researchers awarded with this year’s Lee Schipper Scholarship 2021

Since 2018, the VREF has supported the Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency. From 2020, up to three researchers can be now awarded: including a scholarship related to the VREF's Mobility and Access programme, in order to support researchers from Africa.

Three new researchers have been awarded the prestigious Lee Schipper Scholarship Award for transformative research proposals to challenge conventional wisdom:

  • Susan Gichuna, PhD student at the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Tamara Kerzhner, PhD student at the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Wei Wei, Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation and a researcher at the Trancik Lab at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The “Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency” targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the enrichment of the international policy dialogue in the fields of sustainable transport and energy efficiency. Lee Schipper, international physicist, researcher, musician and co-founder of EMBARQ (today the Urban Mobility program of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities) inspired and shaped the thinking of a generation of students and professionals. The Scholarship, which provides funding support and mentoring advise, is aimed at expanding the contributions to research and policy dialogue in the field of sustainable transport and energy efficiency supporting young researcher’s initiatives, triggering and catalyzing transformative research and policy papers. The scholarship is supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF).

This year’s awardees are:

Scholarship #1 (Africa). “Weather, Climate Variability and Urban Commuter Travel Behaviour in Nairobi”. Ms. Susan Gichuna, from Kenya. Susan is the second African scholar in the history of the Lee Schipper Scholarship. She is a researcher and currently a PhD student at the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi, Kenya. She specializes in climate change and adaptation, sustainable urban transport, travel behaviour, gender and development. Previously, Susan worked at the United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, where she supported targeted research and outreach activities for programs promoting non-motorized and public transport in cities of the developing world. Her research will analyze the effects of climate change on urban transport in Nairobi, particularly regarding the impacts of rainfall and temperature on infrastructure, transport costs, traffic and transport services accessibility and availability.

Scholarship # 2. “Is Informal Transport Flexible?” Ms. Tamara Kerzhner, from Israel. Tamara is a PhD student at the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. She has BA and MA degrees in Geography and Urban Planning from the Hebrew University, and wrote her thesis on Palestinian women’s mobility needs in Jerusalem. Her research will investigate the impact of labour relations on the distribution and equity of access provided by informal transport networks in African cities. The goal is to collaboratively design a series of small-scale policy, regulation and funding approaches that support worker’s rights while also improving service quality and expanding the geographic coverage of networks.

Scholarship # 3 “Strategies for supporting vehicle electrification with renewable energy resources”. Ms. Wei Wei, from China. Wei is a Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation and a researcher at the Trancik Lab at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is guided by a fundamental understanding of travel patterns and energy-consuming behaviors to inform strategic infrastructure planning for vehicle electrification. Her research will examine demand management strategies to support mass electric vehicle adoption with increasing penetration of renewable energy resources in the power grid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drawing on cities in the United States, Indonesia, and Denmark as case studies.

With the support of the World Resources Institute and the World Bank, all scholars will present their work at the Transforming Transportation conference to recognize and inspire future young researchers to shape the future of the transport sector. This year’s 2022 edition will be hosted online.

On behalf of the Scholarship Board and the Schipper Family, co-founders Holger Dalkmann and Ramon Munoz-Raskin congratulate the new scholars and thank the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation and other partners for their support. The next call for the 2022 scholarships will be opened in December 2021.

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